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    I'm sorry, but I still can't watch soccer

    I've tried to use this opportunity to get a better appreciation of soccer. I'm happy that the US is playing well, but I've found myself asleep after trying to watch some of these World Cup games

    1. What's with all the injuries? Even contact sports like American football don't see players down all the time. I can understand a kick to the head or ribs and other things of that magnitude but half the time it turns out to be cramps

    2. I keep seeing scores of 0-0, 1-0 and such. Not too exciting. Not to mention all the tied games. I understand England was favored against us, but a tie is not a win

    3. Going along with post 2, I saw the standings for one grouping on TV: all four teams were tied records of 0-0-1. I know that'll change but it hardly seems like it will get much more riveting

    That said I will be following the US team closely and hope they do well, but after all this I will still likely not be a soccer fan. I guess I'm just partial to sports that are high scoring and result in winners.
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    Re: I'm sorry, but I still can't watch soccer

    I will admit, its an aquired taste.


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    Re: I'm sorry, but I still can't watch soccer

    If you are in Des Moines on Friday morning, you should come to Victor's in Urbandale. That is where all of the American Outlaws game watches are. It is so fun to watch with a group of passionate fans. Try it out!

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    Re: I'm sorry, but I still can't watch soccer

    I find ESPN to be worthless to me right now, World Cup and NBA Finals. YAWN. I heard this on the BS Report, Adam Coralla compared soccer to the metric system, yeah everyone who uses it loves it, but don't force it on me. I have tried twice this week to watch soccer, and I just can't do it. That being said, they are amazing athletes.



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    Re: I'm sorry, but I still can't watch soccer

    I think something about the constant buzzing during the games is making me tired. I was really excited to watch the South Africa-Uruguay match today but fell asleep about 8 minutes in and really think it is because of the buzzing!



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    Re: I'm sorry, but I still can't watch soccer

    What was the point of your rant? Is someone forcing you to watch soccer?



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    Re: I'm sorry, but I still can't watch soccer

    Quote Originally Posted by LeSchmick View Post
    I will admit, its an aquired taste.
    agree, plus it is really hard to appreciate the off ball work that is so integral to the art/beauty of the game...the other thing that baffles me with this coverage is why all the enlish accents. we have folks talented enough to call games...

    i read an article that showed the numbers with all games have been VERY good for ESPN/II/ABC something like a 108% increase over 06


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    Re: I'm sorry, but I still can't watch soccer

    Quote Originally Posted by mapnerd View Post
    What was the point of your rant? Is someone forcing you to watch soccer?
    No, I wanted to use the World Cup to try to embrace it a little more, but have been fairly disappointed so far


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    LOL ya right. If we win 9 games, I'll wax my entire body.

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    Re: I'm sorry, but I still can't watch soccer

    Be better to watch hooligans drunk in stands jacking anyone with a horn.



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    Re: I'm sorry, but I still can't watch soccer

    I'm with ya man---I forced myself to watch a match/game the other day and was baffled at all the 'injuries' of the players. They are great athletes but it is comical to see guys that fall down after being barely touched and grimace like they just had one of their legs caught in a lawn mower or something. Not to single out soccer but flops in basketball also annoy me.



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    Re: I'm sorry, but I still can't watch soccer

    Quote Originally Posted by OC Cyclone View Post
    I think something about the constant buzzing during the games is making me tired. I was really excited to watch the South Africa-Uruguay match today but fell asleep about 8 minutes in and really think it is because of the buzzing!
    No.... I bet it was the soccer.
    I'm going to try my best to watch the US on Friday.


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    Re: I'm sorry, but I still can't watch soccer

    Quote Originally Posted by arganbright2 View Post
    I'm with ya man---I forced myself to watch a match/game the other day and was baffled at all the 'injuries' of the players. They are great athletes but it is comical to see guys that fall down after being barely touched and grimace like they just had one of their legs caught in a lawn mower or something. Not to single out soccer but flops in basketball also annoy me.
    I like the lawn mower idea. Turn a few upside on the field and see em dodge those. I think george carlin would approve.



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    Re: I'm sorry, but I still can't watch soccer

    The players tend to get "hurt" and fall down a lot because it stops the game and allows everyone to rest for a second. I'd tend to fake injuries too if I were running around like a madman for 90 minutes with no stoppage between plays and no formal timeouts. Granted, I am not a fan of the Italian/Brazilian/Spanish floppers who fall without even getting hit to try to draw the freekick...

    As for being boring, I would have to say that a 1-0 baseball game is faaaaaaaar more boring than a 0-0 or 1-0 soccer game, not to mention much longer as the longest a soccer game can go on (including stoppage time and half time) before the knock-out rounds is 2 hours.

    Continuing with the baseball comparison, we all seem to identify and praise the masterful performance of a shutout (and quite frequently in recent times, perfect games) in which there is NO offense at all. So saying a game is boring and bad just because there is low-to-no scoring is just showing a lack of knowledge and appreciation for said sport.



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    Re: I'm sorry, but I still can't watch soccer

    Quote Originally Posted by arganbright2 View Post
    I'm with ya man---I forced myself to watch a match/game the other day and was baffled at all the 'injuries' of the players. They are great athletes but it is comical to see guys that fall down after being barely touched and grimace like they just had one of their legs caught in a lawn mower or something. Not to single out soccer but flops in basketball also annoy me.
    agreed, basketball flops are horrible. I will specifically call out the Spurs for their love of the flop, I hate those guys.



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    Re: I'm sorry, but I still can't watch soccer

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyched View Post
    I've tried to use this opportunity to get a better appreciation of soccer. I'm happy that the US is playing well, but I've found myself asleep after trying to watch some of these World Cup games

    1. What's with all the injuries? Even contact sports like American football don't see players down all the time. I can understand a kick to the head or ribs and other things of that magnitude but half the time it turns out to be cramps

    2. I keep seeing scores of 0-0, 1-0 and such. Not too exciting. Not to mention all the tied games. I understand England was favored against us, but a tie is not a win

    3. Going along with post 2, I saw the standings for one grouping on TV: all four teams were tied records of 0-0-1. I know that'll change but it hardly seems like it will get much more riveting

    That said I will be following the US team closely and hope they do well, but after all this I will still likely not be a soccer fan. I guess I'm just partial to sports that are high scoring and result in winners.
    Rant over
    It's funny, cause I work at an Irish bar (on the weekends & during the summer when I'm not teaching or traveling) that prides itself on being a 'European Sports Bar' as well & I used to enjoy soccer but having to endure not only the Premier League but non-tipping Europeans who claim they don't realize they are supposed to tip (even though I know most of them have lived in the states for at least the four years I've worked there), it's really left a bad taste in my mouth for the game.

    Although, I do watch the US games & cheer them on!



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